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It’s that time of the year again – that’s right, the New York International Auto Show is upon us and blooming with spring are 17 world vehicle debuts including at least 10 with a focus on efficiency. Press days begin April 1, and we’ll have more on each, but here in descending order are vehicles […]

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A few years ago the notion of a “luxury performance hybrid” may have seemed contradictory, but now numerous automakers are going in this direction and among them, Infiniti’s Q50 Hybrid is a car that stands out. Launched last year as a new model and named with the brand’s new “Q” nomenclature arriving with its 25th […]

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Toyota Motor Corp.’s new strategy will not only change the way the company builds engines; it will give the Prius’ hybrid drivetrain a 15-percent boost in fuel economy. The Japanese carmaker said its next generation of engines will share more parts, get better gas mileage and have more power. Under the Toyota New Global Architecture […]

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Chevrolet announced that it is creating a hybrid version of the Malibu sedan for next year, borrowing technology from the Volt to build the hybrid’s powertrain. The Malibu Hybrid takes technology from the Volt, but its overall powertrain will be brand new. For the base drive unit, engineers are using a slightly modified system from […]

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Critics of plug-in vehicle subsidization observe consumers and manufacturers get favorable treatment over the conventional vehicle space and while arguably true, one might also ask how things compare to what the oil industry receives year after year. More pointedly, one could also ask whether accusations against alternative energy subsidization are a byproduct of vitriolic politics […]

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Last June following its April introduction of the seventh-generation Sonata lineup, Hyundai offered a counterpoint to the still-pending – but since revealed Hybrid – the Sonata Eco. What makes an “Eco” an eco, and how economical is it? As you’ve guessed already, it’s not a hybrid, but instead taps a trend we’ve seen elsewhere – […]

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Governor Chris Christie signed a bill earlier today that will once again allow Tesla to sell directly to customers in New Jersey. Earlier this week, the state Senate approved of the pro-Tesla bill in a 29-2 vote. It then went to Governor Christie, who had previously said that he had “no problem” with this sales […]

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Have you ever heard of the law of unintended consequences? An example could be when something presented as ostensibly neat – like cars that drive themselves – turn out to have unforeseen results –such as your kids or grandkids one day being forbidden to drive for their own safety. And, validating the worst future fear […]

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More than just America’s most ardent plug-in electrified vehicle adopters by a wide margin, last year Californians bought enough PEVs to rank their state second among all nations of the world. That’s right, if California were its own country, its purchases of 29,935 plug-in hybrids, 29,536 battery electric cars (59,471 total) in 2014 would place […]

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Yes gas at the moment is cheap, conventional car sales are up, regular hybrid sales are down, but … in the U.S. last year, sales of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) including all-electric and plug-in hybrids rose by 23 percent. To date, Americans have purchased close to a third of one-million PEVs, globally around three-quarters of […]

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